Why Betsy Wanted a “She Shed”
Betsy Richardson loves to sew. Like so many other crafters, she finds great joy and pleasure in creating art that is both useful and beautiful, as well as serving the needs of others. So when Betsy lost her sewing room in a house remolding project last year, she launched an earnest campaign to replace it. Hiring a carpenter is always an option for building a new space, but this inevitably comes with a steep price tag, and oh the mess!
That’s what got Betsy thinking about a new twist on an old solution… a “she shed”. After looking around for shed companies near her location in Clarksville, Tennessee, she picked up a brochure for Overholt & Sons at one of our sales lots. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s let Betsy tell the story in her own words:
I had a quilting/craft room in my house but last year we remodeled and used the room that was my craft room and made it into a master bathroom/closet so I lost my room. With that being said, we started looking at ways to make my room again.
We thought of adding on to the house but decided that was too pricy so we started looking at sheds. We found your pamphlet at one of the locations we looked at and since Overholt and Sons was so close, decided to deal with you directly.
Choosing the Perfect Shed
After studying our catalog and visiting us in person, Betsy had a choice between various shed styles and sizes to determine the look and feel of her future sewing room “she shed”. In the end, she went with our premier “Lancaster Shed” design, which features a sharp-looking roof peak, generous overhang, for good looks all around. Aiming to give her workspace light and splendid feel. We finished the outside for her with our Overholt Red paint color, and topped off the looks with sleek black shutters and flower boxes.
Betsy’s Friends React
When we delivered the shed on the property for Betsy, our team leveled it up in a corner of her hard, and Betsy snapped a quick photo to share with her friends. You can hear the admiration in their voices through their responses on Facebook:
Making the Shed her Own
With the basic structure was decided and delivered, the real fun began for Betsy and her husband, as they set out to finish the inside of the shed. The first concerns were practical, such as heating and cooling. Betsy says:
As you can see in the pictures it was a shell when we got it…we had Overholt and Sons insulate the bottom because we knew we would need it to keep it warm and cool during the winter and summer. We added the window A/C and heating unit but also added the ceiling fan to help with the circulation. I do keep it heated and cooled year round because of my sewing machines, they have computers and have to be kept at a regulated temperature. We did add clear insulation to the windows in the winter to help keep it warmer and I have left that on the windows because I think it keeps it cooler also. I have noticed that our electric bill has increased about $100 depending on the temperatures but my shed is under trees so that also helps during the summer.
Betsy’s Friends Help with Color
In choosing what color to use for paneling the inside, Betsy turned to her ladies network on Facebook. She received over 80 opinions of which color she should choose, with the majority giving a resounding vote for the gray:
A few of the more meticulous comments suggested that Betsy should only choose Gray if she had plenty of lighting:
Fortunately for Betsy, this was not a problem, as she choose a generous number of insulated windows, solid metal doors with full-length 9-lite windows. She even opted for a transom window to allow extra light in near the peak of her shed. As part of finishing the inside, they added electric lights as well:
The ceiling fan has lights in it but we also added four can light in each corner to have the light equally distributed. My husband, Rick, was going to cover the transom windows but I told him we paid extra for those, haha, so I wanted them open to let the daylight in.
Creating a Sewing Studio
With the inside finished, the shed became a totally different type of space. You have to admire Betsy and Rick’s determination and creativity. They transformed the empty shell in their shed into a modern and chic studio. From there, Betsy began the adventure of moving in her sewing machines and supplies, tables and furniture, as well as pictures and other décor:
Once the inside was completed, which took a few weeks, I moved all my craft things in. I’ve moved everything around several times but think the way I have it arranged now is the way it will stay. I told my husband I had to have a TV so I can watch the Hallmark Holiday movies… lol
She Shed Cute—Inside and Out
With enough experimentation, Betsy finally got the feel and function she wanted from her shed. With the inside finally arranged, the last step was to finish the outside with landscaping:
I have everything you could ask for in my shed except a restroom and refrigerator but since it’s only 50 feet from our house, I don’t really need those things. Also, my husband is a landscaper and as you can see he made a walkway to my shed and added the landscaping in front, which I think makes it look more like a cottage!!!
How has all this affected Betsy’s life? With a dedicated space to call her own, she takes the time and opportunity to pursue her passion:
My kids are all grown and my husband likes to golf most weekends, so I spend most of my weekends in my shed and sometimes, if I’m working on something that has a deadline, I will be out there in the evenings but not very often during the week because I work a full-time job also.
Many of the customers we encounter in the storage shed industry have objectives that are fairly straight forward. Whether needing to improve the looks of a property, clean out an attic, or store equipment, there are plenty of no-brainer uses for a storage shed, and we’re glad to meet those needs. Occasionally, however, we’re privileged to work with a customer on a project that’s sourced in passion. This is the story of Betsy’s “She Shed”.
What’s so special about “She Sheds”?
A “She shed” can take a variety of different forms. For some, there is a desire to develop a venture or hobby, such as a sewing shop or other small business. Sometimes ladies just want a place to relax and enjoy friendships in their own cozy knock. All of these things can be accomplished with even a small shed, and for a fraction of the cost of building a new structure.
Sometimes, it starts with a need. Sometimes, it starts with a dream. Sometimes, it’s both. Ultimately, the spaces we occupy influence the decisions that we make and therefore the lives that we live. This is why we take such joy and find such satisfaction in helping people like Betsy find a solution in a small building for their unique needs and desires.
Thinking you could own a She Shed like Betsy? Take her advice and make sure it’s large enough:
If I could change anything about my shed, it would be either a little longer or a little wider, but other then that…I love my “She Shed”. I must say, I have several jealous friends who are envious of my shed…